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Did you know that one of the most Scottish of places, John O’Groats, is named after a 16th century Dutch immigrant called Jan de Groot? His fame came from his clever way of solving a family argument about precedence. His seven progeny arguing among themselves, he built an octagonal house with a door to each side; and within had an octagonal table – the Arthurian solution with a geometric Dutch twist.

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